Amherst College wants to take two buildings down

  • Students enter Johnson Chapel on the Amherst College quad to hear former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speak on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

Staff Writer
Published: 3/4/2020 11:48:34 PM

AMHERST — A 90-year-old barn and a 1960s-era garage on South Pleasant Street are intended for demolition by Amherst College.

The requests will be reviewed by the Historical Commission under the demolition delay bylaw, under which a yearlong delay could be imposed if the buildings are determined to be historically significant. The hearings will be held March 18 at 6 p.m. at the Glass Room at Bangs Community Center.

The college, which owns both sites, submitted the application to demolish the buildings to make way for what it calls “future construction.”

The wood-framed barn, at 197 South Pleasant, is 868 square feet and was built in 1930. It is located to the rear of the Greek Revival dwelling known as the Amherst College President Mother’s House.

The detached garage, at 211 South Pleasant, is 176 square feet and was built in 1966. It is located to the rear of the residence known as the Walter Fuller House or Henry Abbott House.

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